The volume is useful in exploring issues of voice, power, knowledge and gatekeeping. It is worth reading partly because of the self-reflexive manner in which these issues are explored from the point of view of the student, the journal editor, the supervisor or writing-circle facilitator. It contains some interesting approaches which could be used by others working in the domain of academic literacy, for example the writing circle and an ethnopoetic approach to analyse student 'error.' One of the strengths of the volume for those who enjoy reading about academic work is its immersion in practice, and the resultant sensitively conveyed detail.
* Brenda Leibowitz, University of Johannesburg, in Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning, Vol 2, I *
Risk in Academic Writing is a powerful, challenging, engaging, and moving collection of papers from writers in different geo-political settings both south and north, writing in diverse voices as postgraduates and teachers, and drawing on monolingual and multilingual backgrounds - in short writings from the contact zone. The book brilliantly claims the concept of risk and reworks it as a productive metaphor in relation to writing. It brings off that most difficult of tasks combining theoretical sophistication with the experiential and practical. If I were to read only one book on academic writing this year this would have to be it.
-- Professor Sue Clegg, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Research, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
This collection is both moving and intellectually engaging. It is fitting that it was conceived and birthed in South Africa with its themes of risk, writing and research pedagogy. A must-read for teachers of writing and scholars interested in the difficult and multifaceted challenges of North-South knowledge construction and representation.
* Claire Aitchison, University of Western Sydney, Australia *
This collection of essays provides deeply important insights into the ways in which emerging and also established scholars in the English-speaking world are negotiating their way through the regulatory conventions of what they may and may not say. The stories, and the theorisations accompanying them, work up to constitute a powerful new ethnography of risk.
* Crain Soudien, University of Cape Town, South Africa *